Military Instructions, 1762

Military Instructions, written by the King of Prussia, for the Generals of his Army. Translated by an Officer, 1762

Military instructions, 1762

This English compilation is based on military instructions in German from the 1740s that were intended for a very restricted circle. Frederick drew on his father’s military legacy and closely engaged with every detail of military action. The book testifies to his international importance for the theory and practice of warfare during the Seven Years War, and to his personal profile: even at the height of the war, the translator celebrates the compass of a mind that can fight a courageous battle one day, and compose an elegant ode the next.

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